It’s been some time since the ghost of Alan Quartermaine made an appearance on General Hospital but actor Stuart Damon remains active and today he is celebrating a major milestone.
Happy Birthday, Stuart Damon
That’s because he was born on February 5, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, which means that this talented performer is turning 84 years old today! Damon began his career with roles in a number of Broadway shows, including First Impressions, From A to Z, and Irma La Douce.
In 1965, he was selected to star as Prince Charming in a made-for-television version of the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella. Afterward, Damon decamped to the United Kingdom and made his West End debut with Charlie Girl.
Having only appeared in one American TV program – a 1962 episode of the Naked City – Damon quickly made a name for himself as a television actor while in the UK. Among the many series he guest-starred on were The Bed-Sit Girl, The Saint, Department S, Steptoe and Son, A Touch of Class, and The New Avengers.
He also had recurring roles on Shirley’s World and The Main Chance and held leading roles in two projects: the espionage thriller The Champions and the sitcom Yanks Go Home.
Upon returning to the United States, Damon joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama General Hospital as Dr. Alan Quartermaine. He first appeared in the role on September 12, 1977, and he remained there until Alan succumbed to a stress-induced heart attack 31 years later.
A storyline that saw Alan become addicted to painkillers netted Damon the 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Post GH, Damon recurred on As the World Turns as “Uncle” Ralph Manzo, a gangster, and as Governor Jim Ford on Days of our Lives. Between 2011 and 2013, Damon made a number of guest appearances on GH as either a comforting apparition or the manifestation of a character’s fantasy.
Soap Hub would like to wish Stuart Damon a very happy birthday and many more. General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.